Avocados for Potatoes – The 20-Year Fight for Fresh Potato Access to Mexico
August 26, 2020
Over the past 20 years, the National Potato Council and the U.S. potato industry have been working to allow full access to U.S. fresh potatoes to be sold throughout Mexico. On Aug. 18, three U.S. Senators called on U.S. trade negotiators to use the new authority found in the USMCA to increase pressure on Mexico to honor its commitment to allow access to U.S. fresh potatoes.
In the latest Eye on Potatoes Podcast, NPC CEO Kam Quarles discusses this long-simmering issue, which could amount to over $100 million annually, benefiting U.S. potato growers and Mexican consumers alike. Click Play to listen.
Due to litigation brought by the Mexican potato cartel against their own government, U.S. fresh potatoes cannot be shipped beyond 26 kilometers of U.S.-Mexico border. This is a violation of a 2014 Mexican government decision to allow full access to U.S. fresh potatoes to be sold throughout Mexico and violates Mexico’s responsibilities under the World Trade Organization and the new USMCA. The litigation is currently before the Mexican Supreme Court, which has been on hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.
Source: National Potato Council